The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 15:1–4)

This entry is part 38 of 52 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

John saw another sign (cf. 12:1, 3), great and amazing, consisting of the last plagues that will finish the wrath of God (15:1). Martyrs who overcame the beast, its image, and its number stood with harps to worship beside or even on a sea of glass (15:2). Indicating God’s victory in advance, they sang the songs of Moses and the Lamb, recorded in one set of words that praised God for His deliverance, sovereignty, justice, and unique holiness, all of which will provoke the nations to come and worship Him (15:3–4).


 Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
15:1 Lev 26:21 Deliberate sin meets the sevenfold wrath of God.
15:2 Dan 7:10 A mass of watery-looking fire sits before the Father’s throne.
15:3 Exod 15:1 Both texts speak of the song of Moses.
15:3 Deut. 32:3–4; Ps 92:5; 111:2; 139:14 God is just, and His works are great.
15:4 Ps 86:9–10; Isa 66:23; Jer 10:7 The nations will fear and worship God and glorify His name.

 A Parting Thought

“Who will not” and “all nations”―these final acts of wrath are exhaustive among the earth’s inhabitants. Not one who remains and enters the kingdom will have opposed the Father or the Lamb. God’s mighty deeds, justice, and holiness in this judgment should provoke us to likewise fear and glorify Him.

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